On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on November 7

  • 1856 Semyon Alapin, Russian chess master, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1923)
  • 1874 Joseph Willoughby, South African cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1895-96), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 1952)
  • 1876 Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), born in Withycombe Raleigh, Devon (d. 1942)
  • 1876 Charlie Townsend, English cricketer, born in Bristol (d. 1958)
  • 1886 Aron Nimzowitsch, Latvian chess player (openings theorist), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1935)
  • 1889 Lionel Tennyson, 3rd Baron Tennyson and cricketer (England batsman & captain), born in Westminster, London (d. 1951)
  • 1921 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), born in Bettendorf, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Al Attles, American NBA point guard and coach (SF/GS Warriors), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1938 Jim Katt, American baseball pitcher and sportscaster (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Zeeland, Michigan
  • 1943 Wayne Giardino, Canadian football linebacker (Grey Cup 1968, 69, 73;Ottawa Rough Riders), born in Peterborough, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Luigi Riva, Italian footballer (Cagliari), born in Leggiuno, Italy
  • 1947 Bob Anderson, English darts player (BDO World Champion 1988), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • 1947 Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1948 Alex Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

  • 1951 Dan Duva, American boxing promoter and producer (Howard Stern New Years Party), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • 1953 Lucinda Green, English equestrian (Olympic silver 1984), born in Andover, Hampshire, England
  • 1955 Detlef Ultsch, German judoka (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sonneberg, Bezirk Suhl, East Germany
  • 1957 Jonathan Palmer, British businessman and Formula One racer, born in Lewisham, London
  • 1957 Kathy McMillan, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1976; Boycott Games gold 1980), born in Raeford, North Carolina
  • 1959 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach (Ranger College), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1959 Alexandre Guimarães, Costa Rican football player and manager, born in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
  • 1961 Mintcho Pachov, Bulgarian 67.5kg weightlifer (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1962 Wayne N. Phillips, Australian opener cricketer (Test for Aust v Ind 1992), born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • 1963 John Barnes, British football player, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Michael Heidt, hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963 Shelly Miller, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25th-1994), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1965 Sigrun Wodars, German middle distance athlete (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1966 Andy Tomberlin, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1966 Murphy Su'a, New Zealand cricket pace bowler (NZ left-arm of Samoan parents), born in Whanganui, New Zealand
  • 1966 Calvin Borel, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 2007, 09, 10), born in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
  • 1968 Russ Springer, American MLB pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1969 Michelle Morse, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995), born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • 1969 Tanya Dubnicoff, Canadian cyclist (Olympic 6th 1992, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970 Andre Hastings, American NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1970 Kris[ten] Fillat, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Marc Rosset, Swiss tennis star (1992 French Doubles), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1970 Andy Houston, American NASCAR driver, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • 1972 Emily Lesueur, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold teams 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • 1972 Jimmy Gary Jr., American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in Stuart, Florida
  • 1972 Marcus Stewart, English football player, born in Bristol, England
  • 1973 Martín Palermo, Argentine footballer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1974 Kris Benson, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Superior, Wisconsin
  • 1974 Tarek Saleh, American football linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Woodbridge, Connecticut
  • 1976 Mark Philippoussis, Australian tennis star (140 MPH serve), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1976 Zahir Raheem, bantamweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 Rio Ferdinand, English footballer (England national team 1997-2001), born in Camberwell, England
  • 1978 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Dutch footballer (PSV Eindhoven), born in Oldenzaal, Netherlands
  • 1979 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican soccer midfielder (28 caps; Cartaginés 537 games), born in Cartago, Costa Rica
  • 1979 Will Demps, American football player, born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1979 Mike Commodore, Canadian professional hockey player (Carolina Hurricanes), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • 1980 Gervasio Deferr, Spanish gymnast (Olympic gold 2000, 2004), born in Premià de Mar, Barcelona
  • 1980 James Franklin, New Zealand cricketer, born in Wellington, New Zealand